Roger Federer returned to the pitch last March after more than a year’s absence. The former world number 1 had undergone two knee surgeries in 2020, which required a longer than expected rehabilitation process. The return of the Swiss phenomenon has never really taken off, considering that the King played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon represent too meager booty for a legend of his caliber. A few weeks after Hurkacz’s sharp defeat in London, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he had to operate on his knee again. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was seen walking on crutches during the Laver Cup in Boston and his comments didn’t convey much optimism. The Maestro also had to renounce the Tokyo Olympics, in which his compatriot Belinda Bencic won the gold medal. The Swiss also won silver in doubles together with Viktorija Golubic. In an interview for the ITF website, Belinda once again thanked Federer for her support.
Bencic praises Roger Federer
Following her remarkable achievement, she acknowledged the well-wishes received from people. She particularly mentioned the legend, Roger Federer. Bencic said, “I am happy for Roger’s support because he has been a rock in my career and someone who I can always ask questions and ask for tips.” Bencic is forever grateful for all the support she has received from Federer and also dedicated this victory to him. Unfortunately, the maestro himself has never won an Olympic gold medal in his career. Hubert Hurkacz has delivered another death knell to Roger Federer, this time by knocking the Swiss out of the top 10 of the ATP rankings. Hurkacz confirmed his maiden entry into the top 10 by beating Frances Tiafoe in the third round of the ongoing Indian Wells Masters on Monday. Hubert Hurkacz had ended Roger Federer’s 2021 Wimbledon campaign a few months ago by beating the eight-time champion 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 in the quarterfinals. While the Pole played a pretty solid match on the day, Federer was considerably below his best. The Swiss even injured his knee during the second-set tiebreak, which rendered him a complete passenger in the third set. “I’m actually very grateful, very happy I was just able to play. I mean, my last year and a half, it’s been really difficult. It’s been hard with the double knee surgery I had last year and rehab was really slow. And, look, in some ways I wish I would have been in better shape for Wimbledon this year,” Federer lamented.